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Just a public square. The structure itself is supposed to be a viewpoint (there are "trails" on the top to walk all over it), as well as a damn expensive "sculpture" to "requalify" the area and also an alleged "parasol" for the aforementioned square. A very controversial work.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropol_Parasol

The square is elevated, on the roof of a public market while, below in the underground, there's a museum where Roman ruins are exhibited in their original location. In a nutshell, there used to be an old public market in this square; when the building was demolished to make a new market with an underground parking below, they found a well conserved part of the Roman city and the works were halted, moving the market to a "temporary" location for almost three decades until the city council decided to organize an architecture contest to finally deal with this place. They chose the most spectacular and the most expensive project, inspired by the so-called Bilbao effect (Guggenheim museum) at the moment; it was in 2004, in the heyday of the construction bubble in Spain. The construction process had a lot of problems because the architect had improvised quite a number of things for the first proposal (like thinking of doing the structure in a metallic material, in a city with an average maximum temperature in july of 37ºC; they changed the project to make it in wood but had a few technical problems to do that, among other circumstances).

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1453651


Thank you, Excel919, for the pictures! I hope you had a great time.
 

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